The Texas Wine School
2301 Portsmouth St Houston Texas USA
The Texas Wine School (TWS) was founded by James King. Originally from England, King launched the TWS in late 2010 after he and his wife moved to Houston from Los Angeles. Prior to that, James ran sommelier certification programs at The Wine House.
King’s most significant contribution was to bring Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) certification to Texas. He also brought introduced certifications from the Society of Wine Educators, the French Wine Society, the North American Sommelier Association, and the Sake School of America. TWS was one of the first schools to offer wine certifications from multiple vendors.
In 2014, James moved to Arkansas for his wife’s job and sold ownership of the school to Liz and Paul Palmer, who were his students at the time. King retains a small piece of the pie in return for coming back a couple of times a year to contribute on the educational side. He currently runs the King James Wine School in Arkansas.
Paul is a partner in a large accounting firm and funded a major expansion of the school. The Texas Wine School is now located at their wine storage facility, Art of Cellaring, which was built in 2015. The Texas Wine School became a (501)(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2019.
Liz runs the operation and teaches at least one class a week. They currently have a roster of a dozen instructors. Of note, the school offers a “Specialist of Texas Wine” class with Dr. Russell Kane.
This Texas Wine School Shines Bright
Name: Texas Wine School
Description: The first wine school in Texas to offer sommelier certification and Wine & Spirit Education Trust programs. The school changed hands in 2014 and relocated to its current brick-and-mortar classroom. The school is located within Art of Cellaring (AOC), a wine storage facility.
Price range: $80 - $950
Payment accepted: Credit Card
Currencies accepted: USD
Address: 2301 Portsmouth St, Houston, TX 77098
Telephone: (713) 828-7767
The first wine school in Texas to offer sommelier certification and Wine & Spirit Education Trust programs. The school changed hands in 2014 and relocated to its current brick-and-mortar classroom. The school is located within Art of Cellaring (AOC), a wine storage facility. The school offers certifications through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and the Wine Scholar Guild. We very much like this school, which offers brick-and-mortar facilities and certification offers from entry-level (L1) to advanced (L4). Our only criticism is that the staffing and knowledge level of instructors is uneven.
- Sommelier Certification
- Wine Trade Certification
- Quality of Instruction
Certification up to L4